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Awards and appointments, December 2006

By Gayla Marty and Pauline Oo

Michael Berthelsen
Michael Berthelsen is the new associate vice president for facilities management, Twin Cities campus.

Dec. 20

Michael Berthelsen has been appointed associate vice president of Facilities Management at the Twin Cities campus. Berthelsen has served as interim associate vice president since June, concentrating his efforts on strategically aligning Facilities Management with the University, improving customer communication, and managing the facilities management organizational transformation. He has 13 years of experience at the University, most recently as assistant vice president and chief financial officer for University Services. Berthelsen and Vice President of University Services Kathleen O'Brien will meet with Facilities Management employees after the holidays to talk about the appointment and next steps in the Facilities Management Transformation Project. For more information, see AVP Search, Facilities Management.

The new director of Information Services in University Relations, Twin Cities campus, will be Casandra Horner. Horner previously held a similar position at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently working with the University's R25 project. Information Services provides telephone, e-mail, and Web information to thousands of callers daily. The previous director, Hawona Sullivan Janzen, accepted a position with the Northside Partnership in October. For more information, see Information Services.

2006 Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals recipient Jose Suarez Torres returned to the Twin Cities to accept the award at a ceremony Dec. 19. Suarez Torres, of Ecuador, received his M.S. and Ph.D. in public health at the University of Minnesota. The University-wide award honors alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers. For more information, see his award bio.

Kjell Knudsen, dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics on the Duluth campus, has been named to the Initial Accreditation Committee of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. The AACSB was founded in 1916 and accredits 528 business schools in 30 nations. As a member of the Initial Accreditation Committee, Knudsen will provide oversight for institutions seeking their first accreditation with the AACSB. For more information, see the news release.

Charlene Harkins, assistant professor and registered dietitian, UMD Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, has been named an evidence analyst for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). For more information, see the news release.

Randall Gordon, professor of psychology at UMD, is the 2006-07 recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Research. The award recognizes the research and scholarly contributions of a UMD faculty member and provides opportunities to present developing research to a broad audience. The award ceremony and lecture, "Age Bias in Laboratory and Field Settings," were held Dec. 14. For more information, see the news release.

J. Brian Atwood
Humphrey Institute dean Brian Atwood was named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Dec. 13

Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs dean J. Brian Atwood (left) was inducted as a fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C. He joins more than 500 current and former public managers and scholars, business executives and labor leaders, members of Congress, governors, mayors, state legislators, and diplomats who oversee academy projects and provide general guidance. Fellows also are asked to address emerging issues and contribute to the intellectual and popular discourse on government. The 2006 class includes former Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater and Nancy Tate, executive director of the League of Women Voters of the United States. For more information, see Atwood's faculty bio and NAPA.

Rajesh Chandy
Carlson School of Management professor Rajesh Chandy will serve on a U.S. panel on innovation.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez has named 15 business and academic leaders--including six Fortune 500 executives and Twin Cities campus marketing professor Rajesh Chandy (right)--to serve on a new panel, the Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy Advisory Committee, formed to understand better how U.S. innovation contributes to American economic prosperity and high living standards. For more information, see the news release.

The Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangalore, India, recently recognized Kumar Belani, professor of anesthesiology, medicine and pediatrics and adjunct professor of environmental health sciences, for his global activities. For more information, see his faculty bio.

Patricia Hampl
College of Liberal Arts professor Patricia Hampl wrote a memoir named a Notable Book for 2006.

Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime, a memoir by Regents Professor of English Patricia Hampl (left), was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2006 in the Dec. 4 issue of the New York Times Book Review. For more information, see her faculty bio and 100 Notable Books of the Year.

Karen Himle has been named vice president for university relations effective Jan. 8. Donna Peterson, associate vice president for government relations, will assume the interim. From 2004 to 2006, Himle served as executive vice president and president of the foundation at Children's Hospitals and Clinics, the eighth largest pediatric healthcare provider in the United States. Previously, she was affiliated with the St. Paul Companies for more than 17 years--serving for five years as senior vice president for corporate and government affairs. For more information, see the news release.

Mechanical engineering professor Peter McMurray has received the Fuchs Award, the highest honor for researchers in the field of aerosol science. For more information, see his faculty bio.

The American Agricultural Economics Association named Philip Pardey, professor of science and technology policy and director of the International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) center, a fellow for "substantially improving our understanding of the role of science and technology in fostering long-term economic growth and development." For more information, see his faculty bio and AAEA.

Mary Kennedy, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing sciences, was elected president of the Academy of Neurologic Communciation Disorders and Sciences, which provides guidelines for training speech-language pathologists.

George Weiblen
Associate professor George Weiblen received a fellowship from the U.K.'s Royal Botanic Garden.

Dec. 5

The Royal Botanic Garden, a renowned scientific centre for the study of plants and their diversity and conservation, has awarded associate professor of plant biology George Weiblen (right) a $14,400 Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship. For more information, see his faculty bio and the Curie fellowship.

Lauren Gilchrist, community program associate in the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health, has been named to a 22-member statewide task force on human trafficking. The taskforce, made up of representatives from governmental and human rights organizations, was formed in response to a state mandate requiring the Commissioner of Public Safety to develop a plan that addresses the issue of human trafficking in the state. For more information, see the Powell Center.

Tricia Todd, assistant director of the Health Careers Center, is chair-elect of the American Public Health Association's Health Administration Section. For more information about the center, see Health Careers.

Zbigniew Bochniarz, Harry Lando, and Meredith McQuaid received the U's 2006 Award for Global Engagement for outstanding contributions to global education and international programs. As director for the Humphrey Institute's Center for Nations in Transition for 12 years, Bochniarz helped countries in Central and Eastern Europe move from a command to a market economy. Lando, a public health professor, has been active in the field of smoking cessation since 1969; his research focuses on global tobacco reduction issues, smoking intervention, and public policy changes involving smoking. McQuaid, associate dean of administration and international programs for the Law School, has helped the school expand its international exchange programs and efforts in China. The annual award is sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration and administered by the Office of International Programs. For more information, see Award for Global Engagement.

UMD biochemistry and molecular biology professor Joseph Prohaska has been invited to join Nutrition Reviews as a contributing editor. The monthly international journal, published by the International Life Sciences Institute, features authoritative and critical review of significant developments in the areas of nutrition science and policy. For more information, see his faculty bio and Nutrition Reviews .

Diana Harvey is the new assistant dean for external relations for the School of Public Health (SPH). She will assist the dean and SPH executive team to coordinate and build stakeholder relations. For more information, see the SPH.

David Okita, associate administrator in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, has been appointed research safety officer for the College of Biological Sciences. He is responsible for helping researchers comply with applicable state, federal, and University requirements and for collegewide safety training. He can be reached at or 612-624-7107. For more information, see the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics.

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